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Medical Marijuana Conference Might Move To Cobo

October 7, 2010

By: Elisha Anderson
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

A controversial medical marijuana conference at the Silverdome in Pontiac that was canceled because of opposition from public officials has a new organizer who wants to move the event to Detroit. It may not be welcome there, either.

“This is not the kind of event that we’d like synonymous with the city of Detroit,” said Mayor Dave Bing’s spokeswoman Karen Dumas.

Greg Carr, the event’s organizer, said he’s working to bring the conference to Cobo Center on Oct. 29-31 — the days the event was scheduled for in Pontiac.

“There has not been a contract signed. We’re looking at trying to get that contract signed by Friday,” Carr said.

Carr said the proposed conference would feature information from advocates and lawyers discussing the medical marijuana law, vendors selling devices to use medical marijuana, holistic health companies and live music.

“This is not a pot party. This is an education convention,” Carr said. He predicts it could draw 10,000-25,000 people.

The Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority would determine whether to allow the event to be held at Cobo, but has not been contacted directly about the event.

A Cobo representative said there have been talks, but it’s far from a done deal.

“We’re in the process of completing our due diligence as far as checking out the background of the group and the legal aspects of having such a show,” Dave Austin, director of sales and marketing for Cobo Center, said in a written statement.

Detroit police didn’t return calls Wednesday seeking comment.

Promoters pulled out of the event in Pontiac because they didn’t have a permit for it and were concerned about getting one in time for the event, according to Medical Marijuana CEO Bruce Perlowin. Instead, he said, he plans to hold a similar event in California next year.

Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper told the Free Press she had concerns about what would take place at the conference in Pontiac and whether it would be legal.

Contact ELISHA ANDERSON: 313-222-5144 or eanderson@freepress.com

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